The website category is the most interactive of all NHD categories. A website should reflect your ability to use website design software and computer technology to communicate your topic’s significance in history. Your historical website should be a collection of web pages, interconnected by hyperlinks, that presents both primary and secondary sources and your historical analysis. To engage and inform viewers, your website should incorporate interactive multimedia, text, non-textual descriptions (e.g., photographs, maps, music, etc.), and interpretations of sources. To construct a website, you must have access to the Internet and be able to operate appropriate software and equipment.
Websites can display materials online, your own historical analysis as well as primary and secondary sources. Websites are interactive experiences where viewers can play music, look at a video or click on different links. Viewers can freely navigate and move through the website. Websites use color, images, fonts, documents, objects, graphics and design, as well as words, to tell your story.
- Research your topic first. Examine primary and secondary sources. From this research, create your thesis. This will be the point that you want to make with your historical website.
- Narrow in on the content of your website. Decide what information you want to incorporate in your web pages, such as any photos, primary documents, or media clips you may have found. You should be sure to have plenty of supporting information for your thesis.
- Create your website with the NHD Site Editor.Click here to begin the registration process.
- Consider organization and design.
- Keep it simple: don’t waste too much time on bells and whistles. Tell your story and tell it straight.
- Borrow ideas from other websites: find design elements that work and imitate them on your website. Just remember to give credit where credit is due.
- Make sure every element of your design points back to your topic, thesis, and/or time period. There should be a conscious reason for every choice you make about color, typeface, or graphics.
PLEASE NOTE – If you converted your website to save from previous contest years, you will need to use a new email address to create an account for the 2015 contest. The email address is optional and only used to recover passwords in the event of forgotten or lost passwords.
With so many complaints in the past regarding the Scrib.d element on NHD Weebly, we have removed this element and recommend students post their bibliographies and process papers as PDF files on their websites, using the ‘File’ element under ‘Media’. Please visit the following website created by former NHD participant, Christopher Su, for helpful tips and guides: NHD Website Resources
If you have any further questions please email IT@nhd.org with your current URL and login information. If you have lost your login information, cannot convert your standard Weebly to NHD Weebly, or need an account recovered please email email@example.com.
A process paper is a description of how you conducted your research, developed your topic idea, and created your entry. The process paper must also explain the relationship of your topic to the contest theme. For more information on the Process Paper and other rules, review the Contest Rule Book (English) / Contest Rule Book (Spanish).
China's Surge into Silk: The Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange of the Silk Road
Tigan Donaldson & Brian Ely
The Visionary Exploration of Jacques Cousteau: Changing Perceptions of the Ocean through Undersea Encounters
Sovigne Gardner & Grace Gardner
Ada Lovelace, The Enchantress of Computing: Exploring the Beginnings of the Information Evolution
Thesis Statement: It is the foundation of your project. It will guide ALL the work you will do on your project.
Basically, a thesis is an argument... YOUR ARGUMENT! It presents a point that YOU want to prove about your topic. It shows YOUR opinion or beliefs about a particular issue.
A good thesis statement...
- Presents a clear, original, and interesting argument.
- Can be proven or supported by research.
- Introduces the arguments you will use to support your claim.
A good NHD thesis statement also...
- Addresses a narrow topic that interests you.
- Connects that topic with the theme.
- Is easy to understand even for someone who knows nothing about your topic.
For this year's theme, your thesis will most likely involve a cause and effect relationship, showing how your topic changed history, but it does not have to. Here are some examples of potential thesis statements for this year's theme.
Examples:"The advent of air conditioning caused the migration of many Northerners to Southern states such as Florida. This shift introduced elements of a more "Northern" lifestyle, including a variety of culinary traditions and more service-based jobs, significantly changing the culture and economy of the South."
Get help writing your thesis statement!If you're not sure where to start, try these helpful links:
Here I Stand: Paul Robeson's Legacy of Leadership
Paul Robeson’s resounding voice could never be silenced. Throughout his extraordinary career as an artist and activist, he forged a rich legacy of fearless, dedicated, and creative leadership that shaped the next generation of civil rights activists.
To Learn or to Earn? The National Child Labor Committee and the Fight Against Child Exploitation
The leadership of the National Child Labor Committee piloted the social reform movement against the exploitation of children. By harnessing the power of propaganda to influence public opinion, the NCLC changed society’s perception, thus allowing for the passage of national legislation prohibiting the labor of children. The legacy of the NCLC lies not only in ending child labor, but also in establishing a precedent for future federal regulation of labor.
Wild Bill Donovan: Leader of American Espionage
On June 13, 1942, six months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt, with the urging of Colonel William Donovan, created the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Donovan was appointed Director of the OSS and under his leadership, the OSS gathered foreign intelligence on America's enemies during WWII. The United States Armed Forces used this intelligence to defeat the Axis Powers. After the war, the OSS and Donovan's legacy of ideas and methods in espionage evolved into the modern day Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
A Unique Position: Reagan, Gorbachev, and the End of the Cold War
In the 1980s, the Soviet Union was on the verge of economic collapse and the United States was deeply in debt and disgruntled with the costly arms race. Mikhail Gorbachev and his counterpart, Ronald Reagan, both acknowledged the stagnancy of the communist state, and brought fresh views into a conflict that had dominated the international landscape for almost half a century. Their complementary leadership styles and eager collaboration helped to dissolve the Iron Curtain and cement a legacy of solidarity between the Eastern Bloc and the West.